Carson City’s own Athena McIntyre will open this weekend’s Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series at 7 p.m. Saturday. Then, headliner Whitney Myer will take the Minnesota Street stage at 8 p.m.
Myer is a soul singer gone rogue. Teasing the lines of R&B; and rock ‘n’ roll, Myer’s electrifying live performances mesmerize audiences and have earned her featured appearances at festivals across the country including Lightning in a Bottle, The Bounce Festival and South by Southwest. Drawing inspiration from experimental musicians like Prince, Little Dragon and Bjork, Myer has shared the stage with indie artists Allen Stone, DEV, and Fitz And The Tantrums.
Myer jetted onto the national music scene after wowing Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton on NBC’s singing competition The Voice in 2012. Her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One” turned the chairs of all four judges in a frenzy to claim her for their teams. Later that year Myer released her first solo EP “The Articles of Luminous Nature” which highlights not only her soulful voice but also her musical prowess as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, experimenting for the first time with electronic elements that could be recreated for live performances.
Before The Voice, Myer had performed and written songs with her longtime family band since the age of 11. Leaving the band — what she calls a “definable comfort zone” — was thus challenging but also allowed her to experiment with electronic rhythms and catchy hooks, taking her artistry to another level.
The 2016 series’ final concert will be Sambada’ at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 with a special pre-show at 6:30.
The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which have an open lawn and lot setting. The Levitt AMP concert series is located at 449 West King Street at the corner of King and Minnesota. Admission is free.
Brewery Arts Center just announced plans to apply for the grant again for next year as the Levitt Foundation has a history of awarding AMP grants for multiple years. Online public voting for Levitt AMP Carson City will begin November 1, 2016. If awarded again, the BAC will produce another 10 week concert series in the summer of 2017.
Visit http://levittamp.org/carson_city for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.
The series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music.